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How to Modify Keyboard Setting on Google Chromebooks

How to Modify Keyboard Setting on Google Chromebooks 
 
The layout of a Chromebook keyboard is similar to that of a Windows laptop, with some notable exceptions such as a Search key in place of Caps Lock as well as the omission of function keys across the top. The underlying settings behind the Chrome OS keyboard can be tweaked to your liking in a number of different ways, including enabling the aforementioned functions, as well as assigning custom behaviors to some of the specialty keys.

Modify Your Keyboard
If your Chrome browser is already open, click on the Chrome menu button -- represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, click on Settings.

If your Chrome browser is not already open, the Settings interface can also be accessed via Chrome's taskbar menu, located in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.
Chrome's Settings interface should now be displayed. Locate the Device section and select the button labeled Keyboard settings.

Alt, Ctrl, and Search
Chrome OS's Keyboard settings window should now be displayed. The first section contains three options, each accompanied by a drop-down menu, labeled Search, Ctrl, and Alt. These options dictate the action tied to each of these keys.
By default, each key is assigned the action of its namesake (i.e., the Search key opens Chrome OS's Search interface). You can change this behavior to any of the following actions:
  1. Search: Search, Ctrl, Alt, Disabled, Caps Lock, Escape
  2. Ctrl: Search, Ctrl, Alt, Disabled, Escape
  3. Alt: Search, Ctrl, Alt, Disabled, Escape
The functionality sets assigned to each of these three keys are interchangeable. In addition, Chrome OS offers the ability to disable one or more of the three as well as configure each as a secondary Escape key. Lastly, the Search key can be redesignated as Caps Lock.

Top Row Keys
On many keyboards, the top row of keys is reserved for the function keys (F1, F2, etc.). On a Chromebook, these keys natively serve as shortcut keys for a number of different actions such as raising and lowering volume and refreshing the active Web page.
These shortcut keys can be reassigned to act as traditional function keys by placing a checkmark next to the Treat top-row keys as function keys option, located in the Keyboard settings window. While function keys are enabled, you can toggle between shortcut and function behavior by holding down the Search key, as detailed directly below this option.

Auto Repeat
Enabled by default, the auto-repeat functionality instructs your Chromebook to repeat the key that is held down multiple times until you let go. This is standard for most keyboards but can be disabled by clicking on the Enable auto-repeat option -- found on the Keyboard settings window -- and removing its accompanying check mark.

Modify File Download Settings on Your Google Chromebook 

By default, all files downloaded on your Chromebook are stored in the Downloads folder. While a convenient and aptly named location for such a task, many users prefer to save these files elsewhere—such as on their Google Drive or an external device. In this tutorial, we walk you through the process of setting a new default download location. We also show you how to instruct Chrome to prompt you for a location each and every time you initiate a file download, should you so desire.

If your Chrome browser is already open, click on the Chrome menu button—represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, click on Settings. If your Chrome browser is not already open, the Settings interface can also be accessed via Chrome's taskbar menu, located in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

Chrome OS's Settings interface should now be displayed. Scroll to the bottom and click on the Show advanced settings... link. Next, scroll again until you locate the Downloads section. You'll notice that the download location is currently set to the Downloads folder. To change this value, first, click on the Change... button. A window will now appear prompting you to select a new folder location for your file downloads. Once selected, click on the Open button. You should now be returned to the previous screen, with a new Download location value displayed.

In addition to changing the default download location, Chrome OS also allows you to toggle the following settings on or off via their accompanying check boxes.
  1. Ask where to save each file before downloading: When enabled, Chrome will prompt you to select a download location each time a file is downloaded through the browser.
  2. Disconnect Google Drive account: You may have noticed that you have the ability to download files directly to your Google Drive, which is located in the cloud. When you sign in to your Chromebook, you are automatically connected to your personal drive. If you would like to disconnect it, enable this option.
How to Add a Website to Your Chromebook Shelf
By default, the bar found at the bottom of your Chromebook screen contains shortcut icons to some of the most commonly used apps, such as the Chrome browser or Gmail. Known as the taskbar on Windows machines or the dock on Macs, Google refers to it as the Chrome OS Shelf.

Apps aren't the only shortcuts that can be added to your Shelf, however, as Chrome OS provides the ability to place shortcuts to your favorite websites there as well. These additions can be made via the browser and this tutorial walks you through the process.
  1. If it is not already open, launch your Chrome browser. 
  2. With the browser open, navigate to the Web page that you wish to add to your Chrome OS Shelf. 
  3. Click on the Chrome menu button – represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. 
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, hover your mouse cursor over the More tools option. A sub-menu should now appear to the left or right of this option, depending on the positioning of your browser. 
  5. Click Add to shelf. The Add to shelf dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. The website's icon will be visible, along with a description of the active site/page. This description is editable, should you wish to modify it before adding the shortcut to your Shelf.
You'll also notice an option, accompanied by a checkbox, labeled Open as window. When checked, your Shelf shortcut will always open this Web page in a new Chrome window, as opposed to in a new tab.

Once you are satisfied with your settings, click Add. Your new shortcut should be immediately visible in your Chrome OS Shelf. To delete this shortcut at any time, simply select it with your mouse and drag it to your Chrome OS desktop.

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